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Iowa City sushi bar Takanami to become Mexican restaurant

The restaurant will close July 28 for the transition

Dynamite rolls from Takanami wait to be served during the Taste of Iowa City Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 in downtown Iowa City. (Gazette file photo)
Dynamite rolls from Takanami wait to be served during the Taste of Iowa City Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 in downtown Iowa City. (Gazette file photo)

Downtown Iowa City sushi restaurant Takanami will close temporarily as its new owner changes it to serve Mexican fare.

Valentina Carrero, a recent University of Iowa graduate who acquired the restaurant last month, said Thursday she will close Takanami, 219 Iowa Ave., on July 28. In a Facebook post Thursday, Carrero said she plans to reopen the space on Aug. 2 as a Mexican, taco and tequila restaurant.

“As a young female Latina business owner, it has been my dream since I was born in Colombia to open my own Hispanic restaurant and I am excited to showcase the new restaurant to you all,” Carrero wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

Takanami was previously owned by brother George and David Etre. The two also own Iowa Chop House, Formosa and El Patron in downtown Iowa City.

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